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Apply to the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

We pay up to 85% of unpaid nursing education debt for:

  • Registered nurses (RNs)
  • Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs)
  • Nurse faculty

If you receive an award, you must work two years in either:

  • An eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses (critical shortage facility)
  • An eligible nursing school as nurse faculty

Review the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program Fact Sheet (PDF - 155 KB)

Am I eligible?

Review these Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) requirements to find out.

  1. You are a:
    • Licensed registered nurse;
    • Advanced practice registered nurse, such as a nurse practitioner; or
    • Nurse faculty member with qualifying nursing debt.
  2. You received your nursing education from an accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. state or territory.
  3. You work full-time in:
    • An eligible CSF in a high need area (RNs, APRNs)
    • An accredited school of nursing

Note: We give funding preference to those who need the most help financially.

How do I apply?

Make sure the application cycle is open. If it is, do these two things:

  1. Read the Nurse Corps LRP Application and Program Guidance (APG) (PDF - 509 KB)
  2. Submit your application through the Customer Service Portal

Why should I apply?

You will receive 60% of your total outstanding, qualifying, nursing education loans over the course of two years.

After your two-year service contract, you may be eligible for a third year and an additional 25% of your loans.

These funds are not exempt from federal income and employment taxes.

Why Is the Nurse Corps LRP important?

There continues to be a need for nurses in critical shortage facilities in the U.S. Nurse Corps LRP helps address these issues.

What impact has Nurse Corps had on communities in need?

The Growth of the Nurse Corps Workforce in Rural and Underserved Communities

What is a Critical Shortage Facility?

A CSF is a public or private health care facility located in, designated as, or serving a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

A HPSA is an area lacking enough primary care or mental health professionals.

Review the APG for a complete list of eligible facilities.

What is an eligible school of nursing?

We consider a school of nursing to be eligible if a national nursing accrediting agency or a state agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education accredits it.

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Call: 1-800-221-9393 | TTY: 1-877-897-9910
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